Bring Barb Rosenstock to Your School!

Barb Rosenstock - Skype visit

When students meet an author, there’s authentic excitement about books, writing and research. Questions bounce around the room, books get read, kids WANT to write! Barb offers in-person school visits for grades K through 5 or short virtual Q & A sessions. The  presentations below are an example of the kinds of learning about the process of writing that can be tailored to your students’ educational needs.

All sessions are 45 minutes unless indicated. Presentations or writing workshops can be scheduled as single sessions or combined as part of a full day at a school/district.


New! The Mystery of the Monarchs

Barb will engage students in the process of researching a nonfiction science topic, including a seasonal monarch demonstration, and video of her trip to the monarch overwintering sites in Mexico. Learn how kids, teachers and scientists in Canada, the U.S., and Mexico worked together to track monarch migration.

Adventures in Writing True Stories.
An introduction to the real-life writing process from author Barb Rosenstock. This covers the steps from idea through publication, tells the stories behind a number of Barb’s books and helps students discover how to handle writing’s frustrations and joys.

Down, Down into the Deep—STEM Writing!
A deep dive into writing a nonfiction science story. Students learn about the research process behind Otis & Will Discover the Deep. They’ll participate in an ocean experiment, learn about STEM concepts and discover how writers are explorers too!

We’re Going on a Camping Trip…
..and taking President Theodore Roosevelt and conservationist John Muir along! Using The Camping Trip that Changed America, students learn about primary research, making a book, and the importance of saving our planet.  


Writing Workshops for Small Groups - In Person Only!

Noisy Writing: Working with Details or Playing with Words!
Through examples from the Caldecott Honor book The Noisy Paint Box, we’ll learn what details are,  and a variety of ways to discover details that will help student writing sing. Or Barb will help students investigate the “Big 6” types of figurative language: imagery, onomatopoeia, alliteration, simile, personification, and hyperbole. Real writers PLAY with words!

For more information, see this information page, or  contact Lisa Nadal at

Free Virtual Visits

“The children and faculty continue to talk about how much fun they had and how much they learned…” —3rd Grade Teacher

“We all liked the part when you let the people act out the story.” —Mark, 2nd grader

“I loved how you connected with them by sharing your childhood struggles with writing.” —P.M., School Librarian

“Fabulous presentation!” “Very entertaining!” —K-5 Enrichment teacher

“Your books are cool. Really cool.” —Katie, 1st grader

School Visits & Conference Appearance

Arbury Hills Elementary
Art Educ. Assoc. of IN
Authors for Earth Day
Barrington Schools
Batesville School District
Berwyn Library
Beth Yeshurun
Book Fair Angels
Butler School
Butterfield School
California Library Assoc.
Canterbury School
Cardinal Bernardin School
Carmel High School
Charlevoix Elementary
Christian Heritage Academy
Cook Memorial Library
Corinth Elementary
Diamond Lake Elem.
District 96
Downers Grove Fest
Dunes Literacy Festival
Eagle Pointe Elementary
Edgewood School
EIU Literacy Conference
Elm School
Elmhurst Public Library
Fairview Elementary
Fairview School
Falmouth Elementary
Farmingdale Elementary
Fox Ridge Elementary
Fremont Elementary
Frostburg Lit Festival
Geneva Public Library
Georgetown Central
Gower Elementary
Graham School
Greenbrier School
Half Day School
Hawthorn Elementary
Highlights Foundation
Hubbard Woods Elem.
Ideal School
Illinois Reading Council
Ill. School Library Assoc.
Illinois Young Authors
Internat’l Reading Assoc.
John Muir School
Johnsburg Elementary
Judson College
Lesley University
The Library of Congress
Mark DeLay School
MI Art Educ. Assoc.
Milwaukee Art Museum
National Book Festival
NCTE Conference
NIU Literacy Conference
Northeastern IL Univ.
NSS Beth El School
Oak Grove School
Orland Park Library
Patton Elementary
Peggy Notebaert Musuem
Prairie View School

Prairie Trails Library
Ranch View School
Reed School
Robert Frost Elementary
Rockland School
Roosevelt Symposium
Rutledge School
Seth Paine School
Shabonee School
South Sub. Reading 
Spooner Schools
Springfield School
Spring Lake Intermediate
Smithsonian Museum
St. Anne’s-Belfield
St. Benedict Prep
St. Stephen & St. Agnes 
Starved Rock Conference
Townline Elementary
Transfiguration School
Trinity University
University of Ill. Lit. Fest
Vernon Area Library
VA Festival of the Book
Valparaiso Lit Fest
Washington School
Wellwood Middle School
Windsor School
Woodland School
Woodshole Institute
World Read Aloud Day
Zampella Elementary